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Upholstery Fabric

WandaJ | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Are there tips and suggestions for pre-treating upholstery fabrics (lightweight) that have a ‘light’ coating on the back, when using for garments?

WandaJ

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  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    I have no idea what you are "supposed" to do, but when I was making a lot of costumes and trying to save money I bought  a lot of sale-priced upholstery fabric.  It was in varying weights.  I threw it all in the washing machine since I wanted the costumes to be washable.  I did put dark/dark, etc. because I knew they would run. 

    I was really surprised at how well they held up.  They became more drapey and, in my opinion, worked better for clothing.  There were only a couple of pieces that were ruined.  That was out of at least a couple of dozen.

    1. Teaf5 | | #2

      I agree; prewash any decorator fabric you intend to wear.  Any upholstery fabrics with coatings that stay on through washing are likely to be very uncomfortable to wear--they won't breathe or move well, and you might find yourself sensitive to the coating, which was never intended to touch the skin.

      1. Ralphetta | | #3

        With the sizing/backing washed out,  it becomes a completely different piece of fabric, one that is soft and drapey.

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